Baunsu ko gaurusu (Bounce KO Gals) (1997)




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Ripped straight from the headlines of 1990s Japan, this film directed by Masato Harada explores the ticklish issue of enjo kosai -- a much-hyped phenomenon in which Tokyo schoolgirls (kogyaru) go on paid dates with lecherous middle-aged men. Set in the ultra-fashionable neighborhood of Shibuya, this film details a day in the lives of such freewheeling young women. Bounce Ko Gals opens with Raku (Yasue Sato) accompanying her round-faced friend Maru (Shin Yazawa) to an after-school abortion. After that minor medical inconvenience, Maru meets up with a prospective john -- a suavely dressed cat named Oshima (played by the ubiquitous Koji Yakusho). Unfortunately, Oshima proves to be a yakuza running a brothel out of a date club, and he regards Maru and her cohorts as unwanted competition. When one of Maru's pals, Jonko (Hitomi Sato) -- a street-smart, stun gun-wielding enjo kosai who prefers to swipe the cash from her clients instead of exchanging fluids with them -- tries to negotiate with the mobster on her friend's behalf, she finds herself unwittingly forced into Oshima's stable of whores. At the same time, while parading around town in a naughtily tailored schoolgirl uniform for a porn-flick guerrilla shoot, Raku runs into Risa (Yukiko Okamoto), a young lass who finally scraped together enough money for a long-planned trip to New York by selling her panties and consorting with perverts. When Raku's shoot is busted by a couple of punks and Risa's savings are stolen, the two flee into a nearby park. As Risa grows ever more despondent, Raku hatches a scheme to recoup her new friend's 100,000- yen savings before her departure the following day. Not surprisingly, this plan involves enjo kosai . Bounce was screened at the 1998 Rotterdam Film Festival. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama
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Hitomi Sato
as Jonko
Yasue Sato
as Raku
Koji Yakusho
as Oshima
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Critic Reviews for Baunsu ko gaurusu (Bounce KO Gals)

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Manages the difficult feat of being simultaneously sordid and tedious at the same time.

October 23, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
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Bounce Ko Gals feels fabricated, studio-bound and claustrophobic, which doesn't add to the ripped-from-the-headlines authenticity this genre has always depended on.

October 2, 2003
New York Times
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The movie frames a critique of socially permissible pedophilia as indelible as Harada's eavesdropping mise-en-scène.

September 30, 2003
Village Voice
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Foreign film buffs who enjoyed Lost in Translation may find it worthwhile to revisit Japan with a native guide.

Full Review… | February 21, 2007
Film Journal International

a drama that focuses on the seedy world of Japanese schoolgirl prostitution - wins points for trying to tackle a hard subject, albeit with velvet gloves.

Full Review… | November 16, 2003

Three Japanese teens bounce from scenes of seedy underworld horror (and kink) to school-girl giggles. These final giggles that will hold you spell-bound.

Full Review… | October 6, 2003

Audience Reviews for Baunsu ko gaurusu (Bounce KO Gals)


This film has so tremendous amount of sense of "now" (especially for a man like me who has grown up in Tokyo) that it is hard to believe that this film was made more than 10 years ago. There are some points in director's personal politics and feelings against Japan that I cannot fully agree with, but still the script is really well-written, and images, performance, and other factors are all powerful. Harada is, I think, really one of the important directors of contemporary (90s and 00s) Japanese cinema.

Naoya Kugimiya
Naoya Kugimiya

Not a sexual movie but it deals with selling sex. This movie has a lot of heart and I enjoyed it alot. It basically follows the activity of the 3 youngfemale characters for one night. The script is smart and the acting is spot on by the entire casr. It will hold your interest, with plenty of drama and suspense. See it!

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